Con­cert me­mo­rial for teacher

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

ASH­FORD School in East Hill is hold­ing a me­mo­rial con­cert for the pi­anist and pi­ano teacher El­ize McBeath on Fri­day. Born in South Africa in 1938, Mrs McBeath be­gan learn­ing pi­ano a few days af­ter her 11th birth­day. By the age of 16 she was win­ning na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, record­ing the Grieg Pi­ano Con­certo with the Jo­han­nes­burg City Orches­tra in 1954. Her per­form­ing ca­reer de­vel­oped well un­til an ac­ci­dent in 1959 per­ma­nently in­jured her hand. But she re­fused to be de­feated and within two years was play­ing again. Af­ter meet­ing her hus­band and even­tu­ally mov­ing to Lon­don she built up a busy teach­ing sched­ule and found time for many of her other loves such as her many an­i­mals, ball­room danc­ing and cook­ing. When she died her hus­band wanted her large col­lec­tion of pi­ano mu­sic and books to go to a place where it would be used reg­u­larly. He sought the ad­vice of Mrs Hosk­ing, the wife of Ash­ford School’s for­mer chair of gov­er­nors, and the mu­sic was of­fered to the school’s mu­sic de­part­ment. The de­part­ment has now or­gan­ised this me­mo­rial con­cert as a ges­ture of thanks, both to Mrs McBeath for her legacy and to her hus­band for pass­ing it on. The con­cert is open to the pub­lic and starts at 7pm.

El­ize McBeath

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